Furthur

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Front view of bus
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Right rear view of bus
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Inside the bus, psychedelic and trippy paintings
Furthur was a 1939 International Harvester school bus purchased by author Ken Kesey in 1964, for $1,250 from Andre Hobson in Atherton, California. The bus was stripped down and remodeled inside and out for a psychedelic excursion across the country with Kesey and his Merry Pranksters on board. The destination sign on the bus was painted to read "Further." When Kesey went to Mexico to avoid drug charges, the Pranksters took the bus down to see him, re-painting the manifest to read "Furthur" in a deliberately meek attempt at disguise. This latter spelling is the origin of the popularly misspelled name.

Beat legend Neal Cassady was the driver of the famous bus on its original trip to New York for the opening of Kesey's new book, Sometimes a Great Notion. The trip was filmed by the Merry Pranksters. Other Furthur trips included an anti-Vietnam war rally in 1966 and Woodstock (without Kesey). More can be read about the adventures of the Merry Pranksters on Furthur in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.

The Smithsonian Institution sought to acquire the bus, but Kesey refused to give or sell it to them. In true form, Kesey attempted to prank the venerable Smithsonian by passing off a phony bus. They didn't fall for it.

Ken Kesey parked the bus in a swamp on his farm in 1990 when he acquired a new bus.

In November of 2005, Furthur was pulled out of the swamp by Zane Kesey and a group of the original Merry Pranksters with the intent of restoring it. The estimate was around $100,000 would be needed to fix the badly rusted body, re-do the interior, restore the flooded drivetrain, and repaint the famous exterior. However according to key-z.com, Zane Kesey's site, the project is stalled and looking for a new group of volunteers to take it over.

Both buses currently reside at Kesey's farm (where his widow still lives) in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.

Trivia

The bus is mentioned in the song "The Other One" by the Grateful Dead, "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."

An allusion to the bus appears in the Steely Dan song "Kid Charlemagne", where it is called a "Technicolor motor home".

A New Jersey based band Furthur is said to have been named after the bus.

This spelling is used in the song "Raised By Hippies" by the country rock band I See Hawks in L.A.: "That old schoolbus is rusted, but her engine's running strong / Tomorrow morning's sun will find them further along..."

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International Harvester Company

Founded Chicago, Illinois (1902)
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois

Industry Agricultural, Automotive
Products Farm Machinery

International Harvester Company (IHC or IH
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school bus or school omnibus is a bus used to transport children and adolescents to and from school. The first school bus was horse-drawn, introduced in 1827 by George Shillibeer for a Quaker school at Abney Park in Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom and was designed to
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Ken Kesey

Born: September 17 1935(1935--)
La Junta, Colorado
Died: November 10 2001 (aged 66)
Pleasant Hill, Oregon
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: United States Kenneth Elton Kesey
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Andre Hobson is an electronics engineer draftsman who sold Ken Kesey the 1939 International Harvester school bus that became "Furthur". He sold the bus to Kesey in 1964 for $1,500.

Hobson has 11 children, all living. Hobson does not own a home, rather he lives and travels in a motor home.
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psychedelic is an English term coined from the Greek words for "mind," ψυχή (psyche), and "manifest," δήλος (delos).
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The Merry Pranksters are a group of people who originally formed around American novelist Ken Kesey and sometimes lived communally at his homes in California and Oregon. Notable members include Kesey's best friend Ken Babbs and Neal Cassady, Mountain Girl (born Carolyn Adams but
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Anthem
Himno Nacional Mexicano


Capital
(and largest city) Mexico City

Official languages Spanish (
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Neal Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was an icon of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, perhaps best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road.
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Sometimes a Great Notion is a 1964 novel by Ken Kesey.

Plot summary

The plot centers on the Stamper family, a hard-headed logging clan in the fictional town of Wakonda, Oregon.
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Thomas Kennerly Wolfe (born March 2, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia), known as Tom Wolfe, is a best-selling American author and journalist.
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a literary journalism book written by Tom Wolfe early in his career in 1968. Using techniques from the genre of hysterical realism and pioneering new journalism, he tells the story of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they drive
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Smithsonian Institution (pronounced [smɪθ.ˈso.ni.ˌən]) is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds
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Pleasant Hill is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States. As of the 1990 census, Pleasant Hill had a total population of 2,218. Pleasant Hill was the site of the first white settlement in Lane County when Elijah Bristow settled there in 1846.
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Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco, California.[1] The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, psychedelia, space music[2][3]
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Neal Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was an icon of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, perhaps best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road.
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Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American jazz rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's peak of popularity was in the 1970s, when it released six albums that blended together elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop.
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Kid Charlemagne" is a song by the rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam. It is notable as a fusion of a disco rhythm and jazz harmonies with rock and roll instrumentals and lyrical style.
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Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc.), now a division of Thomson.
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